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Memorandum for General Persons1
June 14, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Personal and Very Secret
I wish you would see Senator Truman and tell me [him] for me that I should appreciate his instructing his counsel to ask no questions whatsoever regarding the DuPont plant under construction near Pasco. Also, request him to suppress any discussion of the matter so far as possible.
This is a matter of great importance and one in which I am exercising a direct personal supervision.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Brigadier General Wilton B. Persons was head of the Legislative and Liaison Division of the General Staff.
2. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson also asked Senator Truman to trust him that the project was necessary but that he could not discuss it. Truman “said that was all he needed to know.” (June 17, 1943, Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers [Diary, 43: 122].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 12.